Well, we knew the Mets were not going to get good starts every game, but we’ve been spoiled. Dillon Gee turned in by far the worst start of the year so far for the Mets Tuesday night, as the Phillies shellacked him and crushed the Mets.
Gee allowed six hits in the bottom of the second as the Phillies scored four runs. As ugly as that was, it got even worse in the third inning. Ryan Howard led off with a solo home run. Michael Young followed with a shot into the seats as well. Dillon Gee managed to get an out before John Mayberry hit a laser over the wall in left to bring the score to 7-0.
The Mets finally got to Phillies starter Cliff Lee in the fourth. David Wright reached on an error and then it was John Buck again, slamming an opposite field home run into the seats in right to cut the lad to 7-2. Buck has four home runs and a National League leading 14 RBIs. It is absolutely incredible what Buck is doing.
We were spared the site of Dillon Gee going back on the mound. He went just three innings, allowing the seven runs on 10 hits.
But Greg Burke picked up where Gee left off. With two outs in the fourth Michael Young tripled to score Chase Utley, making it 8-2. Burke has allowed runs in three of his four appearances thus far this season.
The Mets made it 8-3 in the fifth when Jordany Valdespin tripled and came home on a passed ball. Valdespin entered the game for Lucas Duda on a double switch in the top of the fourth. Considering the Mets were behind and would presumably need Duda’s bat to get back into the game, it was a bit of an odd move. Perhaps it shows what little faith Terry Collins has in Duda. Or maybe Collins is realizing that Valdespin needs to play. He really provides a spark whenever he is in the lineup.
At least the Mets got a couple of hits off of Lee in the ninth, preventing him from notching a complete game. But they still lost 8-3.